The Best Baby Names That Mean Light

If you want your newborn to have a name associated with something cheery, why not take a look at some baby names that mean light? A surprising number of baby names - from the common to the unique - have bright and shiny meanings. This light name list will help you find some baby names that glow! 

For some venerable classics, there are plenty of options. When it comes to female names that mean light, the always in style Lucy is an excellent choice. This popular girl's name has English roots and means “light.” The dignified Eleanor - reminiscent of Eleanor Roosevelt - also means "bright and shining light" and comes with cute nickname options like Ellie, Nellie, and Nora. Classic male names - like Luke and Aaron - also mean light. 

Looking for something more out of the box? There are some great choices there as well! There are lots of underused boy names that signify brightness. Barack, a nod to former President Obama, actually has a variety of meanings. When derived from the Hebrew language, it means "flash of lightning." Are you a fan of literature? The name Sherlock means "light haired." For a girl, why not try Zia? Derived from the Arabic language, this cute name means "light or splendor." There are also some unique unisex sunlight names, like Taydem and Blaine. 

Do you have a favorite baby name for the little ray of light in your life? Give the best options a thumbs up and please add any good names we may have missed.

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    73 votes

    Female, English: Meaning light

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    61 votes

    Female, Spanish: Bright, shining light 

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    49 votes


    Male, English/Latin: One who gives light

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    51 votes


    Female, English: The bright and shining light

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    60 votes


    Female, Greek: Light 

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    48 votes


    Male, English/Latin: A bright glowing light